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Color Stones

Color Stones

Is your sense of style a mix of classic elegance along with hints of quirkiness? Gehna brings you an eclectic range of stunning color stone jewelry that will reflect a personal style that is uniquely yours. Ranging from bohemian to minimalist, our color stone jewelry is set apart by vibrant splashes of color set in the midst of muted metallic elements. Each gem in our color stone jewelry collection has been painstakingly selected for their deep color saturation and unique hues. Bright color stone jewelry is also the perfect way to accentuate your own natural beauty. Explore our color stone jewelry collection to find stunning creations that are truly one of a kind.

The Wonderworld of Gemstones

The world of colored gemstones is incredible. A gemstone is a precious or semi-precious stone that is a piece of a mineral crystal which in its cut and polished form is used to make beautiful pieces of jewelry or other adornments. In terms of their physical characteristics most gemstones are hard but some soft minerals are used in jewelry because of their luster or other physical properties that have aesthetic significance.Natural gemstones are both stunning and rare. The original and authentic gemstones cannot be mass produced based on the demand for it in the market. They can exist only where Mother Nature put them.

Their scintillating beauty and limited supply puts them in high demand. For all precious stones some form of imitation always exists, but the extraordinary feeling of owning a rare and fully natural gem outweighs the benefits of inexpensive imitation jewelry.

  • Garnet - January - Garnet
  • Amethyst - February - Amethyst
  • Aquamarine - March -
  • Diamond - April -
  • Emerald - May -
  • Pearl - June -
  • Ruby - July -
  • Peridot - August -
  • Sapphire - September -
  • Tourmaline & Opaline - October -
  • Citrine - November -
  • Tanzanite & Turquoise - December -

Garnet(January)

GarnetThe name "garnet" comes from the Latin word "Garanatus," meaning "seedlike," in reference to a pomegranate. This reference makes sense as small garnets look like the bright red seeds you find inside in a pomegranate. The next time you eat a pomegranate, you will notice the seeds' resemblance to garnet. Garnets symbolize loyalty and kindness. In a Grimm Fairy Tale, an old lady who rescues an injured bird is rewarded with a magical garnet that lights up the night. A garnet also lit the way for Noah's Ark. In legend, garnets protect travelers when they are far from home. Garnet is the birthstone for January and the stone that celebrates the 2nd anniversary of marriage.

Amethyst(February)

AmethystThe name amethyst derives from the ancient Greek word amethustos, meaning sober. According to Greek myth, Dionysius, god of intoxication, was angered by an insult from a mere mortal and swore revenge on the next mortal that crossed his path, creating fierce tigers to carry out his wish. Along came the unsuspecting Amethyst, a beautiful maiden on her way to pay tribute to the goddess Diana. Diana turned Amethyst into a statue of pure crystalline quartz to protect her from the tigers. Dionysus wept tears of wine in remorse at the sight of the beautiful statue. The god's tears stained the quartz purple, creating the gem we know today. Tibetan Buddhists use amethyst rosaries to enhance the peace and tranquility of meditation.

Amethyst complements both warm and cool colors so it looks fabulous set in both yellow and white metals. This unique ability means it enhances almost every color in your wardrobe.

Aquamarine(March)

AquamarineAquamarine's name comes from the words "aqua" and "mare," meaning water and sea, from of its intense blue-green color. Because of its resemblance to the ocean, sailors used to wear talismans made of aquamarine depicting the god Neptune, who ruled the seas. Legends say that aquamarine is the treasure of mermaids, with the power to keep sailors safe at sea. In addition to calming the waves, aquamarine is also said to have a soothing influence on relationships, making it a good anniversary gift. Aquamarine is the birthstone for the month of March and stone that celebrates 19th anniversary of marriage.

Diamond(April)

DiamondThe ancient Greeks called diamond "adamas," meaning invincible, theorizing that something so beautiful must be the crystallized teardrops of the gods. Diamonds are known for their prismatic beauty and hardness, and they are highly valued for these and other qualities. At one time, it was even thought that if you took a diamond into bed with you, it would cure your illness! Diamond is the birthstone for April and the gem of the 10th and 60th anniversary.

Emerald(May)

EmeraldAccording to Indian mythology, the name emerald was first translated from Sanskrit as "marakata," meaning "the green of growing things." The name we know it as now is believed to come from an ancient Persian word, translated to Latin as "smaragdus," and eventually over time, corrupted to "emerald". Thousands of years ago, the ancient Egyptians mined the Earth, suffering through extreme conditions to find the prized green emerald. Cleopatra was so taken with these stones that she claimed the mines for herself. In fact, she was known for wearing lots of huge emerald jewelry, and gave emeralds carved with her portrait to her important visitors. Because the rich green color of emerald is the color of spring, it has long symbolized love and rebirth. As the gem of Venus, it was also considered an aid to fertility. Emerald is the birthstone for May and the gem of the 20th and 35th anniversary.

Pearl(June)

PearlThroughout history, we've seen perfection in the pearl. In Persian mythology, they are called "the tears of the gods." In some Muslim legends, the pearl is God's first act of creation.

Pearls are an organic gem, created when a mollusk like an oyster covers a foreign object with beautiful layers of nacre, the mother of pearl. Pearls are unique because they are the only gemstone formed within a living creature. Since natural pearls are rare and difficult to recover from the ocean's depths, man invented the technique of culturing salt and freshwater pearls from mollusks carefully seeded with irritants similar to those produced by nature.

Cultured pearls come in many beautiful colors, from pale cream and white to rose, lilac, green, gold, gray, and black. There are four main types of cultured pearls: Akoya, South Sea, Tahitian, and Freshwater each having unique qualities that separates them for the other.

Ruby(July)

RubyThe name ruby comes from the Latin word ruber, which means red. The ruby is one of the most highly valued of all gems. Ancient Hindus call the ruby as Ratnanyaka, referred to it as "the king of gems," and royalty used ruby to ward off evil because it was believed to have magical powers. One such magical power was that the ruby would get darker in the presence of evil and lighter when the evil was gone-but only if possessed by its rightful owner. Worn by passionate women with a flair for the dramatic, ruby is the gem of courage and emotion. Its fiery brilliance attracts the eye and quickens the pulse. In legend, ruby is the gem of the heart with the power to kindle the flame of desire.

Peridot(August)

PeridotThe Arabic word "faridat," meaning gem, is where the name for the gem peridot comes from. Peridot's stunning beauty and bright color caused the ancient Egyptians to call it "the gem of the sun." It is also believed that Peridot is the extraterrestrial gem: tiny peridot crystals have been discovered in meteors that fall to earth. On our planet, this lime-green gem forms in volcanoes, under tremendous heat and pressure. Peridot, is the birthstone for August, the zodiac stone for Leo, and the 16th anniversary gem.

Sapphire(September)

PeridotSapphire comes from the Greek word for blue, sappheiros, and this gem provides the most beautiful blues of the gem kingdom. Sapphire is the gem of truth. The name sapphire is derived from the Latin word "saphirus" and the Greek word "sapheiros," both meaning blue. Since the word sapphire is synonymous with the color blue, many people don't realize that sapphire comes in other colors, like pink, yellow, and white. Sapphires were believed to have special protective powers, such as preventing envy and protecting the wearer from poisoning. In addition, people believed that sapphire had medical healing properties, such as the ability to cure colic, rheumatism, blindness, and mental illnesses. Sapphire symbolizes fidelity and the soul. In ancient times, a gift of a sapphire was a pledge of trust and loyalty. This tradition makes sapphire a popular choice for engagement rings.

Pink sapphire is even rarer than blue: in some ways it has more in common with ruby than the other colors of sapphire. Gem experts often debate where ruby ends and pink sapphire begins, since pink is really just light red.

Yellow sapphire deserves more recognition. Its sunny color is an instant mood-enhancer on the grayest day. Rare and beautiful, yellow sapphire complements yellow gold and takes center stage set when contrasting against white gold and diamonds.

Tourmaline & Opal(October)

Tourmaline & OpalOpals were greatly valued by ancient monarchs for their protective powers. They were worn as jewelry and in crowns to ward off evil and to protect the wearer's eyesight. The opal was also ingested in a ground-up powder to protect against nightmares. The name opal is thought to be derived from the Sanskrit upala, meaning "precious stone," and later the Greek derivative "Opallios," meaning "to see a change of color." It is also the stone given to celebrate the 14th year of marriage.

Australia's Lightning Ridge is known for its rare and stunning black Opals. The ideal Opal is one that displays broad patterns covering the surface, with all the colors of the rainbow, including red. Since Opals are the most individual gemstone with its range of colors be sure to choose one that showcases your color preference and pattern.

Tourmaline is the alternate birthstone for October, along with the opal. Tourmaline is the gem of intuition and creativity. Tourmaline is named from the Sinhalese tura mali, which means "mixed stone." Available in a rainbow of colors and color combinations, tourmaline lives up to its name. This gem inspires designers to create jewelry to suit every mood.

Citrine(November)

CitrineThe first civilization thought to wear citrine (a yellow variety of quartz) were the Romans, who shaped it into cabochon-polished but unfaceted cuts of stone worn in jewelry. During the Romantic Period in turn-of-the-century Europe, citrine became more popular for the way it visually enhances gold jewelry. Citrine's affordability is due in part to the fact that throughout history, it's been confused with topaz, another golden-toned gemstone. Citrine even shares November birthstone status with topaz too.

In addition to being the birthstone for November, citrine is the gem for the 13th anniversary. These reasons make it a great gem for that big, bold, statement piece.

Tanzanite & Turquoise(December)

Tanzanite & TurquoiseSince about 6,000 B.C. when it was first mined by the Egyptians, turquoise has been one of the most valuable opaque minerals in the jewelry business. Native Americans and Persians also valued it for its decorative and ornamental beauty. The Navajo believe that turquoise is a part of the sky that fell to Earth. This beautiful robin's egg blue gemstone has been attributed with healing powers, promoting the wearer's status and wealth, protecting from evil and bringing good luck.

Tanzanite is a one-of-a-kind gemstone unlike any other and can only be found in one place on Earth: the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro. This gem possesses an exotic velvety blue with a rich overtone of purple, a color unlike any other. The secret to tanzanite's mesmerizing color is trichoism: crystals of tanzanite are three different colors from different directions. This means that blue and purple dance together in the depths of the gem as it moves and catches the light.

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